Ontario hospitals and health service providers can temporarily redeploy front-line staff to long-term care homes

Province to amend some emergency orders

The Ontario government is amending some emergency orders on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health to better support long-term care facilities and the deaf/blind community.

Front-line staff from hospitals and other health service providers can be temporarily redeployed to these facilities, as needed.

“Our long-term care homes are under attack or at high risk of an attack from this deadly virus,” said Premier Doug Ford. “That’s why we are continually shoring up our defences and fortifying the iron ring of protection around these vulnerable seniors and staff. These new emergency orders will allow us to get even more boots on the ground in our long-term care homes, and ensure those with visual or hearing disabilities continue receiving the support they deserve.” 

The government is also amending an emergency order to help ensure food security for some individuals and families during the pandemic.

This will allow the use of allotment gardens and community gardens across Ontario. The gardens are a source of fresh food for some individuals and families, including those who face food insecurity. Local medical officers of health will provide advice, recommendations and instructions in order for the gardens to operate, such as physical distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly used equipment and surfaces.